KING HENRY VI, PART II
A monologue from the
play by William
MORE MONOLOGUES BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
- QUEEN: Can you not see? or will ye not observe
- The strangeness of his altered countenance?
- With what a majesty he bears himself,
- How insolent of late he is become,
- How proud, how peremptory, and unlike himself?
- We know the time since he was mild and affable,
- And if we did but glance a far-off look,
- Immediately he was upon his knee,
- That all the court admired him for submission;
- But meet him now and, be it in the morn,
- When every one will give the time of day,
- He knits his brow and shows an angry eye
- And passeth by with stiff unbowèd knee,
- Disdaining duty that to us belongs.
- Small curs are not regarded when they grin,
- But great men tremble when the lion roars,
- And Humphrey is no little man in England.
- First note that he is near you in descent,
- And should you fall, he is the next will mount.
- Me seemeth then it is no policy,
- Respecting what a rancorous mind he bears
- And his advantage following your decease,
- That he should come about your royal person
- Or be admitted to your highness' council.
- By flattery hath he won the commons' heart;
- And when he please to make commotion,
- 'Tis to be feared they all will follow him.
- Now 'tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted.
- Suffer them now, and they'll o'ergrow the garden
- And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.
- The reverent care I bear unto my lord
- Made me collect these dangers in the duke.
- If it be fond, call it a woman's fear;
- Which fear if better reasons can supplant,
- I will subscribe and say I wronged the duke.
- My Lord of Suffolk, Buckingham, and York,
- Reprove my allegation if you can,
- Or else conclude my words effectual.